11 April 2018 | Vero Beach, Fl
02 April 2018 | West End, Abaco
21 March 2018 | Treasure Cay Marina, Abaco
09 March 2018 | Spanish Wells
02 March 2018 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
21 February 2018 | Black Point, Exuma. Bahamas
06 February 2018 | Red Shanks anchorage
05 February 2018 | Georgetown, Bahamas
18 January 2018 | Staniel Cay
03 January 2018 | Palm Cay, Nassau Bahamas
22 December 2017 | Bimini Blue Water Resort
19 December 2017 | Fort Lauderdale
14 December 2017 | St. Augustine
09 December 2017 | Charleston
08 December 2017 | Charleston, SC
25 November 2017 | Alligator-Pungo canal (20 miles)
20 November 2017
03 October 2017

Florida

11 April 2018 | Vero Beach, Fl
Ann
The Gulf Stream crossing was a breeze- sailing/motorsailing with 10-15kt winds behind us and 2-4 ft seas.
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Leaving Abaco and planning to arrive at Palm Beach via Lake Worth inlet requires an " S" shaped navigation plan to take maximum advantage of the Gulf Stream. Heading southwest from Abaco at 4-5 knots, and then turning up to ride the Gulf, at 7-8 kts was super cool, and reinforced the importance of not going against the north-bound Gulf Stream. We both felt happy and a bit sad seeing the Florida skyline appear on the horizon.....the end of a big chapter that began as a 5 year plan.
I am writing this from Vero Beach which has a large and vibrant boating community, complete with free bus transportation to more amenities than we are used to having or need! (They call this "Velcro Beach" because boaters come here and end up staying). It really is very, very nice and convenient. I get it.
The weather today is cloudy & windy with intermittent rain, & temps today in the high 60's. These days are for laundry, cleaning, and groceries. We're planning on leaving in the morning, heading to St Augustine via the ICW, and taking advantage of a four day weather window to make our way a bit more north. Hopefully, the northern weather will warm a bit in the next few weeks- we really do not want to be in cold east coast waters with air temps in the 40's on a boat with no heat.
Our plan is to stop in St. Augustine again for a few days, then possibly do an overnight or two to get some mileage under our belts. We'll leave the sailboat in Annapolis, hoping she sells quickly. As time passes, our wish list for the next sailboat is getting longer!
Both John & I are already scheduling work days for the summer (John's first day is May 28 & mine is June 4). I'm hoping to also do some clinical teaching for area nursing schools in the fall.
We received exciting news from Kyle & Samantha on the birth of our second grandchild, Isabelle Grace. It is with happy and grateful hearts that we return to the northeast by mid-May. 💕

Prepping for reentry

02 April 2018 | West End, Abaco
Ann
Leaving the Sea of Abaco and reentering through Whale Cut was a breeze, and Green Turtle Cay quickly became a favorite spot. The small island is easily explored with bikes, a golf cart, or walking ( the golf cart was fun though!). We stayed at Green Turtle Club marina for a full week, spending days at the beach, swimming with and feeding the sea turtles, snorkeling, and reading books by the pool. It was just lovely.
Leaving Green Turtle Cay(GTC) represented our first leg of the journey back to the states.... maybe that’s why we stayed a whole week.
We got some great turtle video and pics on the GoPro and will upload as soon as I can.
We left GTC the Saturday before Easter, and made a quick stop at Manjack Cay to see more turtles. We took the dinghy into the mangroves and saw at least 2 dozen juvenile and adult green sea turtles. These creatures just make me happy. Spending a quiet night anchored at Allen’s Pensacola Cay, we had a long motoring day to Mangrove Cay, only 20 miles from the West End of Abaco, our last stop in the Bahamas.
We are currently anchored in an abandoned marina development on the West End of Grand Bahama Island, called Ginn Sur Mer- there’s only one other boat here! This will be our final Bahamas anchorage before crossing back across the Gulf Stream to Florida tomorrow. The next weather window to cross may be another week away, and we feel it is time to go. I’m writing this with mixed emotions, and a few tears, as our five year plan quickly comes to an end. But we’re taking the next 4-6 weeks to develop a new plan as we make our way up the east coast to Annapolis.
We will miss these multi-shades of blue water. We will miss motoring or sailing for 8-10 hours in crystal clear waters where you can see the bottom to 40 feet. We will miss the warm sun, warm water, and sea life. We will miss anchoring in sand. We’re happy, have learned many lessons, & have a different view of what is important and what is not. We are incredibly grateful for these experiences thanks to “Perspective”- she’s taken good care of us.
Next blog will be from the US as we make our way north/home.

Abaco, Bahamas

21 March 2018 | Treasure Cay Marina, Abaco
Ann
Leaving Spanish Wells at dawn enabled us to reach the cut into the Sea of Abaco by 3:00 pm- on a rising tide - and could not have been better planned. We sailed the whole way at 6-7 kts and reinforced our love of sailing in this beautiful ocean, on these variations-of-blues, sparkling clear water.
Anchoring off Lanyard Cay provides some protection from wind and swell, but we were anxious to move to Treasure Cay the next morning.
As I write this, we have been at anchor or mooring at Treasure Cay for 10 days.
Sarah & Blair came to visit for 5 days, and locating at this sweet resort allowed us to go for day sails, snorkeling, beach, running ( Sarah & Blair) and restaurants.
It was so wonderful and fun to hang out with these two, and sad to see them go so soon. The weather gods smiles upon us as the beautiful weather during their stay was sandwiched between two cold fronts.
We’ve stayed here for an extra three days sitting out the predicted “ wind event” of squalls and “30-50” kt gusts. Staying on a mooring at a reputable marina usually brings with it confidence in your safety and the safety of the boat..... but not today!
We have been on the same mooring since Sarah & Blair left, and last night at 3 am, the mooring chain broke and we drifted into another (beautiful Island Packet 47) sailboat.
Being awakened by screaming people when you are sleeping on a sailboat is not only anxiety producing, but makes one just want to go home (ie...Ann)
All underwear-clad crew on deck to start the engine, and ANCHOR in the DARK with 15-20kt winds blowing in a crowded anchorage.
Here I sit 12 hours later, and my stomach is finally settling down. John was extremely competent, as usual, which another reason why I sail with him! So, we have no damage on our boat but bent a stanchion on theirs, and we made new friends. John is dealing with the insurance company now-
We’ll leave here in the morning, heading to Hopetown where we will be able to fill our tanks with water and do laundry. Our plan is to leave Hopetown after a day or two and cross Whale Cay cut to Green Turtle Cay- touted as having awesome snorkeling/dive sites. There has been no need to scuba dive here, however, Green Turtle Cay may require us to don our scuba gear and go for a swim. We’re hoping to get some good shark footage on the GoPro for Sarah & Blair- they may have seen a small shark, but bigger ones would be cool!
As our dear family & friends recover from the “first day of spring” snowfall, know we think of you often, miss you, and happy to have missed winter 2018!
We’ll end up at the West End of Abaco within a few weeks and wait for a good weather window to cross the Gulf Stream to West Palm Beach.
Why West Palm? We are meeting a broker to look at our boat and will then sail it to Annapolis and put Perspective on the market. No sailboat in front of our house this summer, but we are already looking for the next one.... with a few extras- we’ve got a list. ⛵️
Take care everyone!



Spanish Wells

09 March 2018 | Spanish Wells
Ann
Caper Eleuthera marina provided us with an opportunity to tour the Cape Eleuthera Island school. They have 52 students from all over the world and specialize in marine sciences. Cost- $31K for 100 days!
We also rented an SUV and did some 4-wheeling to get to lighthouse point, a magnificent beach with big coral cliffs.
Our first Junkanoo was experienced in Rock Sound- a full-on parade celebration that goes on into the night. ( see the picture).
Leaving Cape Eleuthera marina was bittersweet as, once again, we had a different sailing plan than our buddy-boat friends (the Swains). Heading north along the Eleuthera Coast, we timed our passage through Current Cut just right, landing in Spanish Wells.
Current cut is a "shortcut" through the islands, saving us 17 miles of sailing. However, the tides here, as well as the current, are not at all exact as they are in the states- so they involve a lot of math to time it right. The current in Current cut goes 6-8 kts. at max- our boat powers at 6.5 kts max.
We again got stuck at the marina at Spanish Wells, along with a bunch of other boats ( and new friends).
We now have a 36 hour weather window to get the 65 miles to Abaco, before the next front moves in for 5-6 days.
Sarah & Blair are arriving on Thursday in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. We're super excited to hang out with them!
We are moving out of the marina today, moving closer to the next "cut" that will allow us to sail the big ocean to cross to Abaco tomorrow. It'll be a 6 am morning, and a very long day.
We're throwing lines off the dock now.... got to go!
Take care everyone!
Ann

Goodbye Exumas!

02 March 2018 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
Ann
We met my sister, Jane, & brother-in-law, Ben, at Staniel Cay where a co-founder of YouTube had just proposed to his girlfriend. It was a loud, partying mood of dripping wealthy, “ beautiful” young people- not a good first impression of our sailing lifestyle, but fun none the less!
The weather gods were super good to us for the four day visit and provided calm seas and mild winds. We sailed to the Exumas Land and Sea Park, visiting Warderick Wells and Cambridge Cay. Snorkeling was awesome- sharks, Eagle rays, turtles, many colorful reef fish, and a 6+ ft barracuda that made us all jump into the dinghy so fast we looked like baby seals popping out onto the rocks on the coast of Maine. This was immediately followed by an Eagle Ray jumping completely out of the water so we saw its entire underbody right in front of us....... super exciting. An almost-full-moon night provided great visibility for feeding fish off the boat on our mooring- who knew bull sharks like corned beef (ie- cat food)?
We met up with our dear buddy-boat family- the Swain’s- and the reunion was wonderful.
It is with mixed emotions that we left the Exumas, sailing across Exuma sound (depths to 8000+feet) under main and spinnaker flying, and landed at Eleuthera Resort & Marina. We’ll be here for at least 4 days as the nor’easter hitting the east coast is providing gusty northerly 30-40kt winds.
We will work our way up to the Abacos by mid-March as Sarah & Blair will be coming for a visit. We’re anxious to show them the beauty that surrounds us everyday.
In the meantime, we’ll rent a car and explore Eleuthera, a nice reentry to civilization we have not had in 3 1/2 months. This is a quiet, low-key island, but that distinction is relative to what we have been experiencing in the Exumas, which is lots of remoteness with just a sprinkling of creature comforts. The bull & nurse sharks are still cruising under our boat in the marina- so no difference there!
(I will post the turtle and dolphin videos to FB since blog followers are also my FB friends- and we have found the elusive WIFI!!!
The picture is our view as we sit poolside- feeling like tourists.
Take heart to our northern friends and family- it’s already March and spring is around the corner!

As far south as we’ll get......this year.

21 February 2018 | Black Point, Exuma. Bahamas
Ann
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Georgetown has all the conveniences a “live-aboard” needs- groceries, water, liquor store, restaurants, shops. I say this with a smirk on my face because these conveniences may not be what you are imagining- “water” involves taking our 5-gallon containers for a mile-long dinghy ride, getting in line, filling them from a hose at the public dock, bringing them back to the sailboat, & partially replenishing our fresh water tanks. Returning to the boat means going against the wind/waves which = spray over the bow = arrive soaking wet. That’s ok, but with clean laundry or groceries.....well, you get the picture. Everything is a bit harder.
We left Georgetown (and our dear friends the Swain’s) on Tuesday in 5-10 ft steep waves & 8-22 kt winds heading to Cat Island. (I was NOT happy, but John thought it was great- and I get points for not throwing up 🤢🙏. Cat Island was awesome! A beloved priest by the name of Father Jerome built his retirement home here on the highest hill in the Bahamas (206 ft) in the 1960’s. He has since passed away but visitors are welcome to visit “the Hermitage”. The Hermitage
Exploring “New Bight” at Cat Island included a visit to Olive’s bakery and a well-earned shower at the public bathhouse-( plenty of privacy and fresh water!).
All the water on these islands is from reverse osmosis, and free water is precious! We’re usually soaping up off the back of the boat ( fyi- Joy detergent is the only soap that suds up in salt water), and doing a fresh water rinse from our sun shower on deck. It works.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Old Bight on Cat Island and joined a cruiser's Pot luck at Rollezz Resort. People brought instruments and lots of singing & laughing, including John seeing the green flash of a magnificent sunset! Too much fun.
Every move here is dependent on weather, and while our plan was to get to Salt Pond on Long Island, plans changed. We made it to Hog Cay on Long Island, but with predicted high winds and waves approaching, decided to cross the Atlantic back to the Georgetown area ( Emerald Cay Marina). Again- shower & laundry access, walked around the nearby Sandals Resort, and made dinner reservations! Woot woot! My inner carnivore was satisfied with a $36 4-oz beef tenderloin meal. Doesn’t take much!
Moving further north to Black Point have us an awesome sail in 18-22kt winds and following seas- 5-7 ft waves, two “almost” fish catches ( broke the line on 20 pound test, and got off of 80 lb test). We’re picking up my sister, Jane, & brother in law, Ben, in Staniel Cay on Friday- spending 4 days on the boat with us.
The picture is my view today, doing laundry. “This doesn’t suck” has become our new motto.
Hoping Jane can give us some tech help uploading video from the Go Pro..... the turtle & dolphin videos make me so happy.
Laundry is done- going for a swim at the little secluded beach we found-
Meet us there!
Take care family & friends! We miss you!
Vessel Name: Perspective
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico 38
Hailing Port: Westport Island, Maine
Crew: Ann and John
About: We have had Perspective for the past twenty years and have cruised the coast of Maine to the Bay of Fundy. Now for a little more...
Perspective's Photos - Day 1 ICW to Atlantic Yacht Basin
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